Does the word realize always include the process of becoming cognizant of the matter at hand?
e.g. I realize that the iPhone is a popular device.
Does this mean the speaker become cognizant of this fact upon the statement? Or does he means: I 'know' that ...
I have this question because I recently came across the following:
I realize that the iPhone is a popular device but its technical inferiority comparing to others is apparent.
Why does the speaker uses realize instead of be aware, know, understand?